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The PROLIFIC Study and the Concept of the Health Coach

A non-physician health coach can easily guide families to live long, healthy in line with the results from the PROLIFIC trial

Bhavin Jankharia
5 min read
The PROLIFIC Study and  the Concept of the Health Coach
A non-physician health coach can easily guide families to live long, healthy in line with the results from the PROLIFIC trial

The PROLIFIC trial [1] was published yesterday in Lancet Global Health. This trial is unique for two reasons. The first is that it is one of those rare, well-conducted, randomized control trials (RCT) out of India. The second is that it uses a unique concept that is practical and can actually make a difference in the real-world.

In this RCT, first degree family members of patients who had coronary artery disease before the age of 55 were randomized into two groups. One group received usual care with advisory every year. The second group was subjected to more intense work-up. A healthcare / social worker visited their homes at least once in two months in the first year and then monthly in the 2nd year for an average of 13 times in two years.

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